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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,434 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 160
Gots: 605 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewmasters Notes:
Inspired by the epic skyline of Chicago, Goose Island's brewers set out to craft Big John; a tall, bold slugger of a stout that stands out vividly against the little soft beers out there. Epic amounts of roasted malt and an addition of cacoa nibs give Big John a massive chocolate flavor and aroma. With a body as substantial and black as the building to which it pays homage, Big John is sure to inspire a sense of awe with each sip.

(Beer added by: aasher on 03-13-2011)
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4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt with light roasted malt and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a sublime mix between black milk chocolate with some light molasses and liquorice notes with light dry roasted malt notes also perceptible. Body is full with nice thick creamy texture and good carbonation and no alcohol presence is easily identifiable. I really enjoyed this huge beer and I’m glad they were able to maintain such balance and drinkability to match the complexity of this beer.

Phyl21ca, Nov 12, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

single finger dark tan head on a jet black body with no light passing through. Lots of vanilla with dark fruit and chocolate. A very nice dark fruit, vanilla and chocolate mix in the flavor as well. Right amount of sweetness. Slight roasted malt note. thick in body, very smooth and viscous/creamy. light to moderate carbonation. Another excellent beer from goose island. This one is very smooth and flavorful. Strong but not too boozy.

kylehay2004, Jan 13, 2012
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Vintage 12/07/2012. ( bought as a vintage bottle last year, cellared)

Black. Minimal head. Good lacing. Smells a bit of leathery age and cocoa

Flavor is well integrated dark chocolate, dry sweetness, roasty malt, raisin juice, even a little spicy in the back end

Very active in the mouth.

Quite Good. Lots of complex flavors for a non barrel RIS. That's why I cellar big beers.

Jjski, Oct 21, 2014
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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.